On Sunday, Cameron Norrie became the first British man to win the Indian Wells tournament, after defeating the Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili on Sunday. The game did not start off well for the English players as he found himself a set down, to begin with. He pulled everything together though and made a comeback to win the game in 6-4 and 6-1 in to defeat his opponent 2 sets to 1. This was the 47th win of his season which is also his career-best. By lifting the trophy, he has achieved something former English greats like Murray, Henman, and Rusedski failed to.
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There is a funny story attached to this victory, which Norrie later narrated. According to the reports of TOI, the English player lost three pairs of worn shoes, Norrie said, “maybe someone from the cleaners came through and threw the three pairs that I had away. I looked all day, had everyone looking.” He further explained how it was difficult to be playing the game with a fresh pair of shoes. The player was very conscious of the new pair and kept thinking of them until he had to confront himself with the fact that he couldn’t use this as an excuse to lose the game. Later he made a mockery of the incident stating, “Luckily I didn’t have a wedding ring attached. I didn’t lose that so it was bonus.” This was a jibe at his countrymen Andy Murray who lost his wedding ring attached to his shoes earlier this month.
Norrie has now won six ATP finals. This win also helped him make it to the Top 20 in the world for the first time. He also overtook Daniel Evans to become the new British Number 1.